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Barbara Butts Williams, PhD


Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business in Capella University's School of Business and Technology. While at Capella, she has served as dean of the School of Education, interim dean of the School of Business and Technology, director of the MBA program in the School of Business, and faculty director for graduate programs in the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Butts Williams has had a varied executive career in the public, private, academic, and consulting sectors. Prior to joining Capella, she was president of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide executive coaching, product development, strategy, organizational effectiveness and development, and talent management solutions. Dr. Butts Williams' professional experience also includes such positions as officer of global leadership and development, vice president of marketing and sales, and marketing director. She has also served on several academic, community, and civic boards, and has been appointed by two Minnesota governors to serve on statewide planning boards. Dr. Butts Williams was also recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Her research interest is on the meaning and significance of work in people's lives.

Brian Barton, MBA

Faculty Chair   

Prior to his role as a faculty chair in Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Barton was an adjunct faculty member at Capella for several years, facilitating courses in marketing, e-business, and management. He has a BSEE and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and more than 30 years of experience in technology and business in North America, Europe, and Japan. He is a former member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), and the International Standards Organization (ISO), where he has worked on worldwide industry standards in manufacturing and telecommunications. Barton has developed and taught university-level courses both on-ground and online, and specializes in management and leadership, marketing, e-business, and project management education. In addition to teaching at Capella University, Barton taught at the University of Michigan early in his career. Prior to his full-time involvement with Capella, Barton was president and CEO of The Solution Sets Group, Inc., a marketing services and e-business solutions provider. He has also been the director of worldwide marketing for Cabletron Systems, vice president of marketing and a corporate officer of Network Express, Inc., director of engineering for Applicon, Inc., and manager of engineering for Comshare.